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Deep freeze tonight means ice comes back

Jennie West, owner of Box Mail Ship, with snow delivered to her door

Dec. 10. Noon. It might be blue skies and sun at the moment, but many businesses remain closed this afternoon. Most banks were closed in Cornelius this morning, not to mention Wendy’s and Big Bite’z. At 10:30 am Aquesta announced it would close for the day.

Cornelius Elementary School

The big question is whether Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools will be closed tomorrow. With a one-system approach to county-wide conditions, decision-makers there are faced with the disparity between South Mecklenburg and conditions in North Mecklenburg.

CMS is supposed to make one call for the entire district, so Tuesday may be another day off.

Jennie West, owner of Box Mail Ship in The Shops at Fresh Market, drove up from Charlotte and opened at 10:20 am. She said the diverging diamond at Exit 28 was dicey; she had one customer by about 11 am.

Jetton Village

Some neighborhood streets are difficult, like Washam at Church, One Norman Boulevard and Brinkley. Major roads like Catawba are fine but hot-doggers in pick-up trucks are flying past the less socially challenged drivers.

Town Hall opened at noon.

The National Weather Service says today’s high will be near 38 which means ice and snow on roads and sidewalks will melt this afternoon.

Washam at Church

The low tonight will be 25 degrees—which brings a real possibility of black ice Tuesday morning.

Be prepared, be careful and be ready for more closings and delays.

A man died Sunday in Matthews when a tree fell on his car. In Yadkin County, a person died from a heart related condition while on the way to a shelter. In Haywood County, a terminally ill woman living at home on hospice care died when her oxygen concentrator stopped working after a power outage.

This storm dropped staggering amounts of snow, ice and rain across the state. A year’s worth of snowfall or more fell in many places in little more than a day. With a mix of snow, ice and rain still coming down in some areas, conditions remain treacherous. Colder temperatures overnight could turn wet or slushy streets into ice rinks tomorrow morning.

The State of Emergency for North Carolina remains in effect. The State Emergency Operations Center is open with Emergency Management, the Department of Transportation, the Highway Patrol, the National Guard and utilities working together to keep North Carolina safe through the storm.

The National Guard has 172 guard members and 69 vehicles deployed to respond to the storm, from pulling out stuck vehicles to helping EMS crews transport people to hospitals. Since the storm began through noon today, the State Highway Patrol has responded to 1,483 crashes and 3,606 calls for service. 25 counties have declared states of emergencies, and 15 shelters have opened, mainly in western North Carolina.

      —Dave Yochum